Class of 2018 Ontario Center (N.Y.) Wayne quarterback Braeden Zenelovic started to make a name for himself throughout the summer camp season. He started picking up interest from several schools, including Syracuse, Rutgers, Penn State, Harvard, Princeton, New Hampshire, Albany, Maryland and others.
At the Syracuse camp in June, he was named one the standout performers. His experience working with quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis, as well as other coaches at other camps over the summer, taught him a lot about himself as a player. It also helped him develop as a quarterback, better preparing himself for the upcoming junior season.
"I think mainly I've improved on my ability to pick apart a defense with the use of my eyes and through understanding all coverages and the roles of each player dropping back into coverage," Zenelovic said. "My arm strength has increased greatly as well as my ability to throw players open and anticipate.
"I have gotten the ball out of my hand much faster than the last time I threw in front of the Syracuse staff, which is something I feel they'd really like and be happy about. Especially coach Lewis. I went through speed training with a track coach, which has not only increased my speed while running but my speed within the pocket."
Zenelovic says he is looking to visit Albany, New Hampshire and Syracuse this season, at a minimum.
His primary focus, however, is his junior season. His Wayne High squad is in the midst of their training camp, and Zenelovic says they are looking good thus far.
"As a team, I'd like to give Wayne a section title, which I truly believe is an achievable goal," he said. "For myself, I'd like to do whatever I can in my power to help this team do that. Also, I'd like to make All-Greater Rochester and just get better. Be the leader this team of athletes and kids who are very skilled."
Purdue is also a school to watch with Zenelovic. He is on the radar of the Boiler Makers as well.
While Zenelovic is still looking for his first offer, a strong junior season should change that. He has ideal size at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds. He throws a strong and accurate ball. In addition, Zenelovic moves well inside and outside of the pocket.
He possesses a lot of attributes schools look for in a quarterback prospect. Scout will continue to monitor Zenelovic's development this season.